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NCC wins as Carthage looks like they completely shot themselves in the foot, looking at the PbP.

The play by play doesnít do it justice. Hell, being there didnít do it justice.

Thatís far and away the craziest finish Iíve ever seen.

Between that and Saturday's weirdness at Carver, Carthage is completely redefining nutty finishes to ballgames.

What GG is to sport coats, Bosko is to 'tossing' game endings. 8-)

The man's come out on the winning end of more than his fair share of close games, Chuck. You don't win 567 games, two national championships, and take two different schools to the Final Four without coming out on top of a nailbiter or two.

OMG - I didn't even think of that interpretation of 'tossing' game endings. :-[  Of course you're right.  How about: gets involved in bizarre endings? ;D

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Millikin 82
North Park 68

Jayla Johnson: 21 pts, 8 rebs
Zakiya Newsome: 16 pts
Lauryn Alba Garner: 3:0 a:to

Aubrey Staton: 14 pts
Abbie Ratsch: 11 pts
Briana Anthony: 11 pts, 4:2 a:to
Jordan Hildebrand: 11 pts, 3stls
Bailey Coffman: 11 pts
Kelle Knopp: 10 pts

The Vikings had an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and a nine-point lead at the half -- and then just collapsed.

Glad I was calling the men's game, 'cause that second half in Decatur tonight would've been just too painful for me to watch.

Still a whole lot of play for, so the Vikings ladies can't afford to lose heart, but the dream of NPU winning its first CCIW title in 32 years probably died tonight.

This was quite the game.  I can't help thinking that these two teams will be battling with IWU next two years for the title. 

Jayla Johnson is really a skilled scorer in the paint.  And when paired with Newsome driving and dishing and other Lady Vikes, they are a tough team to stop.

Millikin with a full season under the belts of freshmen Bailey Coffman, Abby Ratsch and Miranda Fox along with Aubrey Staton and Jordan Hildebrand - the Big Blue will have as strong and balanced a lineup as any team.  They have loads of talent.

Not to mention Coach Olivia Lett becoming a veteran.  IF NPU can recruit one or more scorers to support Jayla Johnson, they will definitely be in the mix.  Otherwise my ridiculously early forecast for 2020-2021 is 1. IWU 2. Millikin 3. NPU.  (And I NEVER totally discount Wheaton - they graduate practically the whole team, but generally reload, not rebuild.)

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NCC wins as Carthage looks like they completely shot themselves in the foot, looking at the PbP.

The play by play doesnít do it justice. Hell, being there didnít do it justice.

Thatís far and away the craziest finish Iíve ever seen.

Between that and Saturday's weirdness at Carver, Carthage is completely redefining nutty finishes to ballgames.

What GG is to sport coats, Bosko is to 'tossing' game endings. 8-)

And we're heading there on Saturday! ;)  (And so are the women, so I can finally watch both games!)

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And mercifully, Anna Lowis only shot one FT - she bricked it, of course. :(  I just don't understand how a player can be 4 for 5 from the field, yet be a TWENTY-FIVE % FT shooter.  How long until conference opponents start adopting 'Hack-a-Shaq' as the defense against her?  I really like her game otherwise, but I'd prescribe a minimum of 100 FTs per day every day of the off-season!

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Final in B'town: IWU 90, NCC 63.  The Titans started off 16-4.  The Cards cut it to single digits a few times in the first half, but this game was never in doubt.  Sydney Shanks had 25, Kendall Sosa 22.

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Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 17, 2020, 10:29:36 pm »
New poll is out.  I'm surprised to the point of mild shock that Wheaton is still not receiving a single vote.  I realize that the CCIW is cannibalizing their own (especially with 3+ top teams, rather than 1 or at most 2 being dominant), but getting ZERO votes is to me an unconscionable dissing of the conference. :o

(And while I don't have nearly the visceral repugnance to lauding Wheaton that Gregory does, I must now go at least go wash my fingers! ;D)

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Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 17, 2020, 10:20:11 pm »
Brovelli being injured and out, a big problem vs. Wheaton.  Still don't understand why Mia didn't sub Eck in when Brovelli had to depart, not Lowis -- to shoot the FTs.  Odd.  Was Eck already in the game?

No.  All starters were still in when Brovelli was fouled, went down and left the game at 5:42 1st.  Eck entered the game at 5:09 1st replacing Kendall Sosa.

A very belated response to this.  I too was shocked that Lowis rather than Eck went in to shoot the FTs - Eck is shooting over 90% from the line (best on the team), while Lowis shoots worse than Shaq (currently 26%).  Even IF Lowis went in for defense or rebounding (haven't checked to see if she is actually better than Eck in these areas), put in Eck for the FTs then sub in Lowis ASAP.  Since Lowis missed both (while Eck was odds on to make them both), that could have been quite important - with the final margin, it probably wasn't, but still seemed an uncharacteristic 'brain-fart' for Coach Smith.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 15, 2020, 08:17:11 pm »
Something I have never seen before in Wheaton this evening - the national anthem was played by a children's violin ensemble!

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Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 15, 2020, 08:01:20 pm »
Another thing that really hurt the Titans tonite was Langford having probably her worst game ever as a Titan.  She finished 0-10 from the field (and zero total pts), and only 2 rebounds, in 23 minutes. :(

Without Brovelli, and with Eck fouling out rather early, Berg went crazy late in the game.  Berg and Williams were an unstoppable duo - it felt like nearly the whole Wheaton offense in Q4 was Berg feeding Williams or vice versa.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: February 14, 2020, 11:10:42 pm »
Yay! We had The BeltTM on campus throughout the summer after my freshman year!

(And nobody knew about it.)

OMG.  Is The BeltTM that shy, or are you all that oblivious to greatness?! :o

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 12, 2020, 10:02:01 pm »
From B'town : IWU 85, Elmhurst 73.  Rhode had his 23, but so did Leritz.  IWU had 5 players with 9 or more.

Blue Jays from FF contender to bubble in just three weeks.

With the loss of Wolfe then Yoder, I kinda doubt that IWU will have a postseason run (or even make the postseason), but then I doubted them in both 2012 and 2014, so my prognostications should never be taken seriously! :P

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Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 12, 2020, 09:03:13 pm »
Millikin 73
Illinois Wesleyan 71

Much rejoicing in Chicago and Wheaton!

Actually, 75-71.  Kendall Sosa had 30, Brooke Lansford 16, Sydney Shanks 10, Riley Brovelli 7, but little help from anyone else.  Reigning POW Catie Eck played only 6 minutes and got 2 pts; Anna Lowis fouled out after only 11 minutes and no pts.  Millikin, on the other hand, had SEVEN players with 7 or more pts. 

Something I had NEVER seen before (or at least had never noticed) - Olivia Lett coached the game in spike heels! :o  Is that something she has trademarked (like Grey Giovanine's sport-coat toss), or was this a one-time (for whatever reason) thing?  For someone not at all unfamiliar with usual court footwear, it seemed weird!

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Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 12, 2020, 07:46:23 pm »
Halftime in Decatur:  Millikin 35, IWU 31.  Main difference is Titans are shooting 36%, Big Blue 52%.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 11, 2020, 10:22:08 pm »
Thank goodness IWU is Guard U, right? If not for all that stockpiling of guards, what would the Titans do right now. Am I right? [/sarcasm]

SO ... apparently my sarcastic comment (notice the "[/sarcasm]") was completely misconstrued by some. I get word that some (many?) are making comments offline that I was being ... well ... something. I am sure many of different descriptions.

Let me first set the record straight. My comment to those not aware was in regard to an insane "conversation" a few years ago where someone struck a nerve claiming IWU only hoarded guards ... the entire thing was nuts.

Here is a link to a comment from Pat Coleman: http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=4592.msg1667303#msg1667303 ... you can find the rest of the conversation in the pages before and after.

Second ... to those who think I don't care about injuries either don't know me or somehow have ignored what they already know about me. I wouldn't take any injuries lightly. That said, I also can't keep track of injuries of a lot of programs ... let alone 420 around the country. So, while I understand Yoder has a broken hand ... I don't remember the injuries of other players. So for those who took exception of my comment as if I was not being understanding enough of the situation ... I am sorry that is how it came across.

This chat room is one that has a LONG memory and I thought of all the chat rooms to bring back a topic from a few years ago ... this is one that would appreciate that oddity.

Finally, for those who decided to contact others and make comments about my comment or me ... you are MORE than welcome to contact me directly instead. I don't hide my contact information or hide behind my words or user name. My email(s), Twitter account, and even phone number are available for anyone to use to contact me and express your apparent displeasure. Heck, you can even comment here or direct message me through this chat board.

If I am willing to make comments here and put a face on them ... you are welcome to contact me as well. I can then explain my comment to you personally.

To the CCIW Chat posters:  I can't recall - did the identity of iiwwuu ever become known for sure?  Sure sounded like the dad (or other relative) of one of the guards who lost playing time because Brady was so much better (NOT because daddy Rose engaged in nepotism). ::)

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 11, 2020, 10:13:17 pm »
Everyone knows to run a 5 guard offense you need to hoard guards.

AND keep them healthy.  Jeez, first Wolfe is gone (perhaps forever), when he was on his way to all-conference; now Yoder when HE was on his way to all conference.  I think I'll switch my attention totally to the women, before the next PG (whoever it may be) gets run over by the bus! :(

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